Ted Wynn, Bulloch County Public Safety Director activated the Bulloch County Emergency Operations Center on Thursday morning September 29, 2022. Wynn brought together critical function public safety leaders to brief them on expectations of the impact of Ian to Bulloch County.

Wynn also reviewed the emergency management plan and received briefings from all critical service agencies.

There is an incredible amount of preparation that takes place within each local organization and agency. From staffing to increasing resources they work together to make sure everyone is ready for whatever Ian brings our way.

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Public Safety Leaders receive briefing on Ian Credit: Grice Connect

“It is always so wonderful to attend these emergency briefings and see the level of professionalism, preparation and planning that goes on behind the scene to protect our community,” said Roy Thompson, Bulloch County Commission Chair. “We can all rest a little better knowing we are one of the most prepared counties in the state to handle Hurricane Ian. I want to thank each of these brave men and women who are working tirelessly to protect our community. I also want to thant their families for allowing them to make such a commitment to all of us.”

City of Statesboro and Bulloch County Sign Local State of Emergencies

Statesboro Mayor Jonathan McCollar and Bulloch County Commission Chair Roy Thompson issued a local state of emergency Thursday in anticipation of severe weather resulting from Tropical Storm Ian. The State of Emergency expires on Friday, September 30, 2022 at 11:59 PM.

These local states of emergency follows the declaration of emergency from Governor Brian Kemp on Tuesday of this week. 

This does not mean that conditions have changed or expected to be worse than predicted. A declaration of a local state of emergency provides the framework for coordination between local, state and federal agencies. The declarations also authorizes the city and county to take extraordinary and immediate corrective actions for the protection of the welfare of its citizens.

The local states of emergency is a procedural process that clears the way for rapid deployment of resources at every level of government.

They also address:

  • Prohibition against overcharging for goods, materials, services and housing during a State of Emergency
  • Registration of building and repair services during a State of Emergency
  • Suspension of portions of the code of ordinances and other formalities during a State of Emergency
  • Allows the imposition of curfews during times of the emergency or disaster if needed.

Herschel DeWayne Grice is the founder of Grice Connect an online news and information company in Statesboro, Georgia. DeWayne has been active in the media for over three decades. He brings a unique insight...